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Deborah’s garden in Massachusetts

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Deborah Trickett

Today’s photos are from Deborah Trickett. She says, “I live in Milton, Massachusetts, just south of Boston. I have a very small suburban garden on two levels. Over the 17 years we have lived here I have managed to create two separate rooms. The slope dividing them was once covered in juniper but we tore that out and it is now terraced and planted with a mixture of colorful shrubs and perennials.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Deborah Trickett

“Downstairs is the dining area since it is right off the kitchen. Upstairs is a fire pit area where we hang out at night with a glass of wine or s’mores! The upper garden’s palette of green and white makes great use of texture and also looks very pretty at night. I have used shrubs and plants and even bamboo in long planters to create green walls for privacy. From my favorite chair I cannot see the neighbors and they cannot see me!”

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Deborah Trickett

So clever, Deborah, and your plant combos are gorgeous! More photos, please.

**Deborah has a website! Check it out: The Captured Garden

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Deborah Trickett
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Deborah Trickett
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Deborah Trickett
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Deborah Trickett

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  1. grannieannie1 02/06/2013

    You have proved so well one can create an Island of Private Calm in an urban setting.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 02/06/2013

    I really enjoy the different palettes you used for your two garden rooms. Very inviting.

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    meander_michaele 02/06/2013

    The only thing missing in the first photo is MY glass of wine! I would love to know the different kinds of flowering shrubs that surround that magical setting. It must give you so much pleasure, Deborah, as you're tucked away in your favorite chair, to gaze about your oasis of beautiful privacy and enjoy the world you have created.
    Now I'm off to enjoy visiting your delightfully named website.

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  5. jwiegmull 02/06/2013

    More please...
    Now I can't really wait for spring.

  6. wGardens 02/06/2013

    And what a well-deserved glass of wine it is! Beautiful! I love how private and cozy it is, even thought you have close neighbors. Bravo!

  7. GrnThum 02/06/2013

    If I was a pixie, I'd want to live here! Texture, subtle colors....everything is simply perfect!

  8. pattyspencer 02/06/2013

    Very calming - love all the varigation of green. Is that goatsbeard? Whatever it is it's really cool looking.

  9. tractor1 02/06/2013

    That table is set as though dinner is comming... I'll have my burger freshly ground and grilled rare, and I'd prefer a 2ni at my place setting. All that flora is lovely and certainly offers privacy. Don't forget to remove that umbrella, I know what happens to dinner if a wind kicks up... more pictures please, Deborah!

  10. terieLR 02/06/2013

    Great idea to cover the firepit with glass for double the fun. Lovely garden spaces Debora. Bring on Spring!

  11. Quiltingmamma 02/06/2013

    Love your space. Much nicer than junipers. Privacy, white and green calm, beautiful.

  12. CJgardens 02/06/2013

    Deborah, beautiful, serene settings. The green and white color scheme is gorgeous. I, too love the idea of making the firepit a table when there isn't a fire. I went to your website - your container designs WOW!! Thanks for sharing.

  13. priscilla_zone5 02/06/2013

    I loved every one of your photos, Deborah. Your yard is so-o-o-o inviting + cozy. Would you please tell us the names of the 2 large hostas? They are striking! Thanks for sharing.

  14. capturedgarden 02/06/2013

    Thanks so much everyone for the nice comments. The flowering shrubs that I have used in my design include: itea, fothergilla, deutzia, clethra, dogwood, sambucus, physocarpus and 'Annabelle' hydrangea. The two large hosta are 'Paul's Glory' and 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'. There is also a 'Nancy Gill' but I am not sure you can really see it. Can't wait for spring!

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    meander_michaele 02/06/2013

    I really enjoyed your website, Deborah. The completed projects you highlighted in pictures as examples of the quality of your work were all very impressive. Obviously, the one titled rooftop oasis was amazing and I have to admire your pluckiness in taking it on! That was one serious sized crane that got the material up to roof level. My husband was involved in heavy marine construction up in the Boston area (we lived in Hopkinton for 6 years) and when I showed him the picture with the crane, he gave it a thumbs up. Your clients for that project must be so pleased with the finished result.

  16. cwheat000 02/07/2013

    I'm checking in late, and I have to be up at 4:45am, but I had to comment. Exceptional! That looks like a stunning garden that is really enjoyed with some great seating areas.

  17. priscilla_zone5 02/07/2013

    Thanks for the additional plant IDs, Deborah. I'll be checking some of those out in my spring buying spree.

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